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  • Google to Challenge Siri with Enhanced iOS Search App


    Both Apple and Google haven’t been on good terms recently (as noted with the stock YouTube app disappearing in iOS 6) and they both continue to compete in the same markets. The search giant recently lifted the curtain on a major update to the iOS Search app. Google’s Search app for iOS will soon be receiving an update that will improve the voice assistant component and bring it on par with its Android Jelly Bean counterpart. The upcoming version of the search app is said to take advantage of Google’s experience with speech recognition and it’s Knowledge Graph, which tries to make connections between different pieces of information.

    For iOS users, the updated Search app will let you ask a question using natural language and receive a spoken answer, much like Apple’s own digital assistant, Siri. The range of information available spans everything from weather and local movie listings to the height and weight of your favorite sports star. The feature is supposedly a small improvement that Google says is vital in building its search engine for the next generation.

    You can watch a video of Google’s promotion below:



    The developer and entrepreneur behind the app, Ndav Gur, says that queries based on concepts, not keywords is the future of search. He believes that apps like Siri and Google Search are “on the cusp of an entirely new thing.”

    For those of you who are interested, Google’s free iOS Search app should be receiving the update within a few weeks.

    Source: Google (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google to Challenge Siri with Enhanced iOS Search App started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      I think that Annie @ app judgement's test is one of the best -- certainly similar to most of my Siri experiences. Most of my Siri web searches hang with nary a web response...
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by staRang View Post
      How is this in violation of any patents?

      As consumers, we want competition... You fanboys are amazingly ignorant.
      +1
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by staRang View Post
      How is this in violation of any patents?

      As consumers, we want competition... You fanboys are amazingly ignorant.
      I never said there were any if you read my post correctly. I just said Apple would probably try and do their best to try and sue them for something at least. We all know how Apple is, they'll try and sue for anything that they can sue for.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      Ive personally tied both siri and google. Google is better with no doubt in my mind. Not only are the speeds faster on google, but the information you receives seems to make more sense then on the iphone using siri. +1 google.
      Siri UI is much nicer in terms of appearance.
    1. jdogg84's Avatar
      jdogg84 -
      Its about time on of the Tech Giants got the voice assistant technology right. Hopefully this is not one of those incidents where the commercial experience doesn't match up with the real thing..
    1. wiipro's Avatar
      wiipro -
      Tried It,

      Google's got faster more accurate results but can't stand the appearance and google won't play videos in the app
      So all in all I like google for performance and Siri for appearance
      A few SMALL Details I like about Siri
      But not HUGE
    1. thatboy12345's Avatar
      thatboy12345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      Ive personally tied both siri and google. Google is better with no doubt in my mind. Not only are the speeds faster on google, but the information you receives seems to make more sense then on the iphone using siri. +1 google.
      It makes sense for that after all Google is a search engine
    1. wiipro's Avatar
      wiipro -
      Wish you could select in options which u want when holding home
      Better yet have themes for googles
      Voice app